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First Presbyterian — Sunday’s 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus, will focus upon Jesus’ words: “The Spirit of the Lord … has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.” The message will include the idea that Jesus was focused on justice in a way that made authorities uncomfortable, because he was restating God’s concern for those who are trampled upon by society.First Presbyterian leaders say they believe in worshiping a just and merciful God, as followers are challenged to apply both attributes in their own lives and society.Information: 812-372-3783 or fpccolumbus.org

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, located at the corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard in Columbus. Aud will give the message, “Nature’s Doxology,” from Psalm 19:1-4. The children’s program through sixth grade meets at the same time as the service.

Westside members are reading the “One-Year Bible” together as a church. Bibles are available at the church for families needing one.

Two new studies will begin from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Feb. 3 as a part of the Westside Marriage Enrichment Series. The Men of Westside will continue with “33 — The Series,” with this study focused on “A Man and His Marriage.” The Women’s study will be “Following God: Enhancing Your Marriage.”

Information: 812-342-8464 or westsidecommunitychurch.net

Asbury United Methodist — Pastor David Blystone will give the message, “New Life,” with Scripture from Romans 8:11, at the 8:45 a.m. traditional and the 11 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 1751 27th St. in Columbus. Sunday school for all ages is at 10 a.m. The Jesus and Me program for ages 3 to 12 is available during the 11 a.m. service. Nursery is available all morning. Fellowship time with coffee and snacks is between services at The Well.

The six-week Bible studies will begin Feb. 7 at the church. The Women’s study is “What Love Is” by Kelly Minter. It will study the letters of 1, 2 and 3 John. The men will be studying “Christianity and World Religions” by Adam Hamilton, which explores four major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism) and compares the beliefs of each with those of Christianity.

Acolyte Training will take place in February for students in at least third grade who are interested.

It is time to sign up for the Junior High and Senior High Mission Trips for this summer. The Junior High Mission trip will be July 22 to 25 in Red House, West Virginia, open to students in sixth and seventh grades. The Senior High Mission trip for students in Grades 8 to 12 and some college students will be with Appalachia Service Project. Sign-up by Jan. 31 for junior high and by Feb. 14 for senior high.

Information: 812-372-4555 or asburycolumbus.org

Central Heights Church of God — Pastor John Marquis will lead services at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane in Columbus. Children’s Church is for ages 4 and older. Nursery is available.

Information: 812-372-4857 or churchofgodcolumbus.com

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Amy Artis will deliver the sermon, “A Nose Hair in the Body of Christ,” with Scripture from Luke 4:14-21 and 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus.

Information: 812-372-3882 or fairlawnpc.com

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “The Disturbing News of the Gospel,” with Scripture from Luke 4:14-21, at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Music worship will be led by the Glad Ringers and the Chancel Choir. Child care is available. Children’s church attendees will read Matthew 6:5-15 which says “Teach Us to Pray.”

Classes for all ages begin at 10:45 a.m. The Children’s Sunday school lesson will be “One Body, Many Parts,” from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. American Baptist Youth will meet at 7 p.m. for Game Night.

A Zumba class will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and the Abigail Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Fellowship Meal will be served at 5 p.m. Wednesday with cost by donation. Reservations are recommended through the registration sheet or 812-376-3321. 4TWELVE, for Grades 6 to 12, will meet at 6 p.m.

The Cross Connections Winter Learning Series will begin at 6 p.m. The topic will be “Fleeced: Avoiding Financial and Other Scams.” This series is pertinent to any age group including senior and middle adults and those who are involved with the care and decision-making of aging parents. All are welcome.

The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday at Four Seasons Retirement Center. First Baptist Men and their guests are welcome.

Information: 812-376-3321 or fbccolumbus.org

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Ripples in the Pond,” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday services at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Scripture will be from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a and Luke 4:14-21. Coffee Connections will take place between services in the library.

Adult classes meet at 10:10 a.m. each Sunday. The Travelers Class is studying a book, “Jesus’ Plan for a New World Order,” by the Rev. Richard Rohr. The Digging Into the Bible class is studying James W. Moore’s book, “Christmas Gifts that Don’t Break,” and Men and Women of Faith are viewing the video “Grace” by Max Lucado.

Children and youth classes also meet at 10:10 a.m. each Sunday. There are classes for toddlers and preschoolers to high school.

The Pastor’s Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday to discuss “The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. All are welcome.

Fridays@First will welcome the String Students of Laura Andrews at the 7 p.m. program Friday in the Sanctuary. All are welcome.

The first Noon Timers luncheon will take place at noon Feb. 3 in Fellowship Hall. Soup will be provided. Bring a salad or dessert to share. Call the church office by Jan. 31 to sign up for the gathering.

Information: 812-372-2851, fumccolumbus.org

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. The Rev. Wes Jones will lead the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Prayer Ministry Team meets at 10:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room downstairs in the church. Adult Choir practice is at 5 p.m. followed by the evening service at 6 p.m.

The study group schedule is as follows.

Monday: “Ladies’ Connections” meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at 10 a.m. in the Friendship Center led by the Rev. Teri Jones.

Wednesday: Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. with JAM at 6:15 p.m., Youth at 6:30 p.m. and Adult Bible Study at 7 p.m. Prayer Ministry Team meets at 6:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room downstairs in the church.

Thursday: Cub Scout Pack 588 meets at 6:30 p.m. and Boy Scout Troop 588 meets at 7 p.m.

Youth are selling Chicago Pizza cards as a fundraiser for this year’s events. See Pastor Teri Jones or one of the youth to make a purchase.

Information: 812-379-4287

North Christian — The Rev. Cheryl Cloar and director of music Elizabeth Clark will lead the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at the church, 850 Tipton Lane in Columbus. A nursery for preschool-age children staffed by a professional caregiver is available. Centering Prayer will be at 10:45 a.m. Thursday in the Prayer Chapel on the lower level.

Handbell Choir Rehearsal will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room LL12. Chancel Choir Rehearsal will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Room LL8.

The Adult Class, led by Trudi Ellison-Kendall, will resume at 9 a.m. Jan. 31 in the Blue Room to continue the study of a book, “Radical Welcome,” by Stephanie Spellers.

Information: 812-372-1531

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will present the message, “We’ve All Got a Hand in It!,” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 12703 North County Road 50W near Edinburgh. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with Fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Bible Study begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Information: 317-374-8281

Events

Fairlawn Presbyterian bluegrass music — The Last Friday (of the month) Bluegrass Jam will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus.The Fairlawn Worship Band will play throughout the worship service on Jan. 31.First Baptist’s presentation on Islamic State — David Carlson of Franklin College will present the following topics beginning at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31 at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus: “What Every American Needs to Know about ISIS” and “We Dare Not Look Away: The Appeal of ISIS to Today’s Youth.” The free session is open to the public and will end about noon.

Information: 812-376-3321, fbccolumbus.org

Flintwood Wesleyan birthday bash — The Annual Birthday Bash will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Friendship Center. The celebration includes games, cake and ice cream.

Boy Scout Troop 588 will have a pancake breakfast in the Friendship Center from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 6.

Hook, Yarn and Stitchers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in Curry Hall.

Information: 812-379-4287

North Christian pilgrimage presentation — Jerry Hayes will speak about his recent pilgrimage to The Way: El Camino de Compostela in northern Spain at 9 a.m. Sunday in the lower level lounge at the church. All are invited to attend.

Information: 812-372-1531

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at kevener@therepublic.com or 812-379-5633.